The Book of Lost Names



Inspired By An Astonishing True Story From World War II, A Young Woman With A Talent For Forgery Helps Hundreds Of Jewish Children Flee The Nazis In This Unforgettable Historical Novel From The International Bestselling Author Of The Epic And Heart Wrenching World War II Tale Alyson Noel, New York Times Bestselling Author The Winemaker S WifeEva Traube Abrams, A Semi Retired Librarian In Florida, Is Shelving Books One Morning When Her Eyes Lock On A Photograph In A Magazine Lying Open Nearby She Freezes It S An Image Of A Book She Hasn T Seen In Sixty Five Years A Book She Recognizes As The Book Of Lost Names The Accompanying Article Discusses The Looting Of Libraries By The Nazis Across Europe During World War II An Experience Eva Remembers Well And The Search To Reunite People With The Texts Taken From Them So Long Ago The Book In The Photograph, An Eighteenth Century Religious Text Thought To Have Been Taken From France In The Waning Days Of The War, Is One Of The Most Fascinating Cases Now Housed In Berlin S Zentral Und Landesbibliothek Library, It Appears To Contain Some Sort Of Code, But Researchers Don T Know Where It Came From Or What The Code Means Only Eva Holds The Answer But Will She Have The Strength To Revisit Old Memories And Help Reunite Those Lost During The War As A Graduate Student In , Eva Was Forced To Flee Paris After The Arrest Of Her Father, A Polish Jew Finding Refuge In A Small Mountain Town In The Free Zone, She Begins Forging Identity Documents For Jewish Children Fleeing To Neutral Switzerland But Erasing People Comes With A Price, And Along With A Mysterious, Handsome Forger Named R My, Eva Decides She Must Find A Way To Preserve The Real Names Of The Children Who Are Too Young To Remember Who They Really Are The Records They Keep In The Book Of Lost Names Will Become Even Vital When The Resistance Cell They Work For Is Betrayed And R My Disappears An Engaging And Evocative Novel Reminiscent Of The Lost Girls Of Paris And The Alice Network, The Book Of Lost Names Is A Testament To The Resilience Of The Human Spirit And The Power Of Bravery And Love In The Face Of EvilThe Book of Lost Names

Kristin Harmel is the 1 international bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES, THE WINEMAKER S WIFE, and a dozen other novels that have been translated into numerous languages and sold all over the world.A former reporter for PEOPLE magazine, Kristin has been writing professionally since the age of 16, when she began her career as a sportswriter, covering Major Leag

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  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • The Book of Lost Names
  • Kristin Harmel
  • 18 July 2019
  • 9781982131890

10 thoughts on “The Book of Lost Names

  1. says:

    This book is a historical fiction that goes between 2005 Eva in the present and the 1940 s Eva in the past This book is all about WWII when Germany takes over Paris, France Eva is a Jewish girl that lived in Paris This book will stay with me for so long It will touch your heart Eva is a girl that loves book that after the war become a librarian, but during the war she helped Jewish kids escape France to safe their life She used The Book of Lost Name to help her remember all the kids real names This book has sadness, l0ve, misunderstanding, and so much If you loved The Nightingale you will love this or if you love historical fiction books about WWII Paris France books I loved this book so much, and this book should get a million stars This is one of the best historical fiction books I have read I was kindly provided an e copy of this book by the publisher or author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This book is schedule to be release on July 21 2020.

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    May 2005, Eva Traube is in her 80 s and she enjoys working part time at her local library and she spends most of her time shelving books One day she is shocked to see an article in a magazine, it s about how the Nazis stole or destroyed priceless books from Berlin libraries during WW II, in the article was a photo of a book that was precious to Eva 65 years ago and she never thought she would ever see it again Paris 1942, Eva lives happily with her mother Faiga and father Tatus, once the German s arrive every day life is made difficult for Jewish citizens and living in Paris is very hard Despite being warned about a roundup of Jewish people Eva s parents believe they are safe and one night during a raid only Tatus is taken into custody Tatus has told Eva what to do if something happens to him, she s to contact a man her father has organized to help her, he s nervous, and he gives her some papers and makes her leave.Eva and her mother escape to a little town called Aurignon in the free zone, using their new identity papers she altered and they find a place to stay at a small boarding house Eva discovers from her desperation to save her mother and leave Paris, she s has a talent for forgery and she can help others and the French resistance Her years of watching her father repair type writers, she has learnt to type and she has a unique skill Give her the correct paper, ink and pens, Eva can easily create fake identity papers, birth certificates, ration cards, travel documents and copy signatures Eva s sweet mother has changed by the loss of her husband and she is now an angry, bitter, difficult women and she thinks Eva should be concentrating on trying to save her father If she helps the resistance group, her mother has a place to stay and she feels like she is doing her part to get back at the Germans and she can t do anything to help her father.Eva spends her time at the local church with Pere Clement a priest, Remy a fellow forger and together they create new identities for hundreds of Jewish people escaping to Switzerland Eva notices that many of the new identities are for young Jewish children who are not escaping with their parents, they are too young to remember their real names and how will anyone, find them when the war ends Eva comes up with the idea to use a secret code called Fibonacci Sequence that only she and Remy understand, they use an eighteenth century religious book to keep a record of the children s names and they refer to it as The book Of Lost Names.Sixty five years later, Eva must face her past to be reunited with her precious book that was taken from a church library during the end of the Second World War and she thought she would never see it again.The Book of Lost Names, has a dual time line that s very easy to follow, the story is a about sacrifice, duty, friendship, honor, betrayal and lost love This is the first book I have read by Kristin Harmel and I look forward to reading The Winemaker s Wife as it will soon be available in Australia as an eBook and I have pre ordered it What a brilliant book, five stars from me and if you like to read historical WW II fiction I highly recommend The Book of Lost Names I have shared my review on Goodreads, Twitter, Edelweiss, Kobo and my blog.

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    During WWII, forgers played important role in the Resistance It was a network of brave people who used their artistic ability and scientific ingenuity to produce convincing documents that allowed innocent people to survive Florida, 2005 Eva Traube, librarian, comes across an article talking about a book, which she thought had vanished forever.Paris, 1942 Eva is pursuing her doctorate in English literature Her father, Polish born Jew, is arrested But before that he arranged with his employer for fake documents for Eva in order for her to escape to the free zone in Switzerland Since she has to escape with her mother now, she is given blank documents and supplies to forge their own documents From Paris, they travel east, toward the Alps and make a stop in Aurignon Where, even though their papers are very legible looking, there is something else that gives them away Now, a Catholic priest asks Eva for help in forging papers for Jewish children He convinces her to do this artistic endeavors in order to move toward a life of freedom Her mother wants to continue toward the free zone Eva is torn With her work materializing on a page in front of her, hope floats up within her She feels it within her that she is doing a good work and the right one Her father s words Who will remember us bring up a concern Who will remember the real names of the Jewish children for whom she is forging the documents and who are too young to remember later their real names Her partner in forgery, Remy, comes up with a brilliant idea His love for math and the Fibonacci sequence give him an idea how to code real names without putting any one in danger.Written with so much humanity There is so much love and caring breathed into the characters, making it one of the most endearing and beautiful stories You can also feel the pain of those who lost the love ones You can sense Eva s hesitation She wants to do the right thing by her mother and the right thing dictated by her heart But her mother s different thinking doesn t make it easy for her Helping the children makes Eva feel like she can bring some light to the world, even in the midst of all the darkness The description of the town brings so much of visible charm I was also enchanted by the invisible charm of the closeness of people working together, being part of a network which helps hundreds of innocent children, who some lost their parents, to escape the injustice inflicted upon them.I enjoyed the magical description of the town so much that I wanted to locate it on a map As it turns out, it s a fictional town I understand it gives any writer freedom, who doesn t have to worry about town s accuracy But setting it in a real town makes it a credible story That s the only thing I wished was different about this book.This spellbinding page turner doesn t bring atrocity of WWII and despite the horror and injustice of the war, the author manages to create such heart warming story of network of people who risk their own lives to save others The story brings such characters one cares deeply for and who take a reader on an extraordinary journey of courage, faith and bravery Source ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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    Once again, Ms Harmel has hit a home run with this WWII historical fiction We begin this story meeting an elderly librarian in Florida as she sees an image of a book that she has not seen in decades The image and article is of a book that our librarian used to log the names of Jewish children that had been smuggled out of France The story takes off from thereThe story is told in alternating timelines and it is easy to follow When we are in our current time period, I kept thinking, Let s get back to 1942 43 This was a wonderful book that kept me on the edge of my seat for a few days I loved it and that is why I gave it 4 Stars I did take 1 star away because I really would have liked to have focused on the names of the children in present day Perhaps that is her next book My thanks to Netgalley and Gallery Books for this advanced readers copy This book is due to release in July 2020.

  5. says:

    THE BOOK OF LOST NAMESBY KRISTIN HARMELThis book was very similar to a book I recently read and reviewed early called, The Paris Children, by Gloria Goldreich It also was about a woman fleeing Paris during occupied France to the Southern free zone to forge documents for children to be led across the mountains to be free in Switzerland The only difference was in The Paris Children, the children were to travel further to Pakistan In this novel in the Author s Note she also drew much of her research on a book called, Adolfo Kaminsky A Forger s Life by Sarah Kaminsky among others In The Paris Children, Kaminsky is mentioned in the text as a character where one of the forgers in the resistance once worked besides to gain knowledge in how to forge documents Both books are inspired by true stories and it is highly coincidental that I read both almost back to back.This one was about an almost retired librarian living in Florida and one day as she is shelving books she spots an article where she sees a photograph of an 18th century religious book that goes on to say that there was much looting across Europe done by the Nazi s and she recognizes that the image in the article is the book of lost names that she hasn t seen in 65 years.She was known back then as Eva who is earning her PhD when a young man named Joseph comes up to her in Paris warning her that the Nazi s are rounding up thousands of Jews and sending them to work camps A couple of days later her father tells her that if anything happens he has paid his friend enough money for her and her mother to get false documents that will get them to safety in Switzerland A few nights pass and that dreadful knock on the door comes and her father is arrested Her and her mother visit that friend and he helps them but they go to Southern France where they stay For the next year and a half Eva is involved in forging false documents for the masses until it is no longer safe to remain where they are A priest had recruited Eva and she was first forging documents with a young man named Remy Her mother never approved of the work Eva was doing Her mother remains heartbroken over the loss of her husband Eva s father.Eva had gone back to Paris within two days with Remy as her guide to Drancy to inquire about her father with fake paper s with a ruse to free him saying he was part Argentinian but when they arrived at Drancy they are told her father was already put on an eastward train bound for an extermination camp.This was very much like The Paris Children, also how many French gendarmes sold or traded the names of good French Jewish people doing important work who were betrayed by their own people I thought this was also a well written story but felt as if I had read it already This one was a little lighter as it had a happy ending.Thank you to Net Galley, Kristin Harmel and Simon Schuster Publishing for providing me with my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review All opinions are my own.Publication Date July 21, 2020 TheBookOfLostNames KristenHarmel SimonSchusterPublishing NetGalley

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    As author Kristin Harmel so neatly states, one of my favourite things about writing about the war WW2 is that I m able to dig deep into subjects many of us may not be familiar with So true There is a treasure trove of novels set during that time period, but only the ones that contain thorough and careful research novels like The Book of Lost Names stand out I have read a great deal about the French Resistance, but I had never really considered the forgers and the incredibly important role they had to play in the war I was captivated by the inner workings of their network from the beginning of Eva s journey into that world, and I stayed up late into the night along with her as she worked And of course there is a love story a beautiful story of two people whose lives are twisted again and again by fate, and by their choices to sacrifice for the greater good Definitely recommend.Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with the book for an honest, unbiased review.

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    A captivating historical fiction story full of bravery and resilience.SUMMARYEva Traube was forced to flee Paris in 1942 with her mother after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew She finds a refuge in a church in a small mountain town in the Free Zone There she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to Switzerland In erasing these children s identity Eva knows she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are perhaps too young to remember who they really are She and Remy, her forging partner, keep records of the children secretly coded in a eighteenth century religious book she now calls The Book of Lost Names Eva survives the war and now over 65 years later, She is a semi retired librarian in Florida It is at the Library that she spies a photograph of her book from 1942, The Book of Lost Names along with thousands of other valuable books had been looted by the Germans in the final days of the war and it is now housed in a Berlin library At 86, Eva questions whether she has the strength to revisit old memories And see the book again REVIEWTHE BOOK OF LOST NAMES is a tension filled and thought proving World War II historical fiction drama Eva s character is a strong, smart and resilient woman, who is the pillar of the story Her character is well developed and the dialog is delightful This riveting story is as smartly structured as the code in Eva s secret book The writing is engaging and evocative and transports us to Paris and the fictional town of Aurignon, South of Vichy during the height of the war You can t go wrong with this engaging story of bravery and perseverance If you liked The Lilac Girls or The Alice Network you will love this oneAuthor Kristen Harmel is a international best selling author of numerous books including The Winemaker s Wife and The Room on Rue Am lie Kristin was born just outside Boston, Massachusetts After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Florida, she spent time living in Paris and Los Angeles and now lives in Orlando, with her family Thanks to Netgalley and Gallery Books for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Publisher Gallery BooksPublished July 21, 2020Review www.bluestockingreviews.com

  8. says:

    3.5 for this book I always enjoy Kristin Harmel s WWII books, the premise of this one was about Eva a young girl escaping France with her mother helping others with forgery documents Very interesting to learn about and I was so deeply invested in these characters I loved Eva She s a book lover so I loved her even This book had a bit of everything romance, family drama, history with a hint of mystery What I didn t like was the ending I felt like I was just left hanging The story could have went on, there was but it just abruptly ended Also, through the middle there was a lot of repetition Some focus on the 2005 timeline would have nice too and with the son Overall, I enjoyed it and liked learning about this piece of the war I didn t know much about Thanks to Netgalley for my advanced ebook copy.

  9. says:

    What a heartwarming WWII historical fiction The story rotates between two time periods, the 1940 s and 2005 and revolve around one main character, Eva.I strongly recommend you read this beautifully written book if you are interested in stories about WWII.This is a book that will surely touch your heart I did not want the book to end..Quote from the book those who realize that books are magic.will have the brightest of lives Thank you to NetGallery, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.

  10. says:

    Kristin Harmel has written another fantastic book I loved it The main character in this book is Eva and it contains a dual time line..Eva as a librarian in 2005 and Eva in the 1940s during WWll Eva is a 23 year old Jewish girl living with her parents in Paris when the round up of Jewish people start Her father is taken and her mother and her run away to save themselves Eva begins to work as a forger to help children get to safety in Switzerland She changes their identities and records their real names in The Book of Lost Names so they are not forgotten by using a code.Eva survives the war and is reunited finally with her father in Paris She falls for an American man and moves to the US to start a new life as she believes her love was killed during the war.Thank you Gallery Books via Netgalley for this early copy of this book due out in July of 2020x

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